South Korean leader keeps dog promise

2017-07-28 21:29
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Tory, the shelter dog he rescued from possible slaughter. (South Korean Presidential Blue House via AP)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Tory, the shelter dog he rescued from possible slaughter. (South Korean Presidential Blue House via AP)

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Seoul - South Korea's president has kept a campaign promise by adopting a shelter dog rescued from possible slaughter in a country where eating dogs is still popular.

The Blue House office of President Moon Jae-in says the adoption would raise awareness over the problem of abandonment.

Rescue group official Lim Young-ki said on Friday the dog was bought from a man who was known for luring lost dogs before abusing and eating them.

The 4-year-old mixed breed named Tory joins two other presidential pets - a dog called Maru and a cat called Jjing-jjing.

Before being elected in May, Moon promised to adopt Tory after the group asked presidential candidates to adopt some of their animals.

The group said it had difficulty finding Tory a home because of prejudices against black animals.

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